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State department will keep pushing LGBT overseas as it cuts other programs

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August 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. state department will keep pushing for "LGBT rights" abroad as it cuts more than half of its special programs devoted to causes like climate change and the Iran deal.

In 2015, the Obama administration announced the creation of an "envoy" to promote homosexuality abroad, called the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The Obama administration appointed Randy Berry, who is openly gay. He remains in the position today. 

Socially liberal Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the closure and consolidation of many envoys but not the LGBT one on Monday, to the delight of LGBT activists. There have been questions about whether Berry would remain in his job because a portion of his online state department bio is in the past tense.

The Trump administration will also keep an envoy promoting religious freedom abroad. 

"Lawmakers of both parties, think tanks and even the diplomats' association have long called for absorbing some of the countless U.S. envoys and special representatives into related offices, to help reduce redundancies across the State Department's notoriously unwieldy bureaucracy," reported the Associated Press.

But there are now "concerns that Trump [is] eschewing the promotion of American values overseas." 

Tillerson seemingly criticized Trump on Fox News earlier this week.

Before becoming Secretary of State, Tillerson aided abortion and promoted the LGBT through his work as ExxonMobil's CEO.  

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